The building may be gone, but the materials never end. — Amanda Williams
In the Translating phase of A Way, Away (Listen While I Say), bricks from the recently demolished building at 3721 Washington Boulevard were cleaned, sorted, and stacked by Refab. The bricks will be given new life through a variety of community design projects recently awarded by A Way, Away organizers. Recipients include the creative reuse organization Perennial; a collaboration between the Granite City Art and Design District and the New American Gardening initiative; housing cooperative Art House; and a collaboration between the Solidarity Economy St. Louis network, carpentry collective Citizen Carpentry, and the historic small black business hub, Tillie’s Corner. In addition to the salvaged bricks, community partners will receive a grant of up to $2,500 and professional design and project management support to complete projects by fall 2017. Initial design ideas range from hosting community workshops to creating gathering and performance spaces. Read more about the community design projects at stlpublicradio.org.
In the video above, A Way, Away artists Amanda Williams and Andres L. Hernandez discuss the concept behind the Translating phase of the project. To learn more, visit awayaway.site or follow on Instagram at @awayawaystl.